Before starting the blog series on an intro to hiking, I feel it is crucial to first preface it with the Leave No Trace philosophy. If you are reading this article, you more than likely enjoy being outdoors! Our South African wilderness offers many pristine wilderness experiences that have little to no human interference. People have a nasty habit of leaving places worse off than they found them. The Leave No Trace Principles as laid out on https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/ are a great baseline. At Summit Pursuits we believe these principles are fundamental to any outdoor activity and hope to pass them on as good practice to all our clients.
The 7 basic principles according to LNT.org are:
- Plan Ahead & Prepare
- Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
These principles are easy to follow and once incorporated into everyday practices can be done with little to no change to your hiking routine. Being able to visit areas of pristine untouched wilderness is a privilege and if we do not acknowledge our responsibility to look after these places, we will be robbing future generations of this privilege.
In articles to follow we will look at each principle and see how each one can be applied and why they are important.